10 Notorious Thefts, Heists and Robberies


A Brief History On August 21, 1911, Vincenzo Perrugia, an employee of the Louvre in Paris, stole perhaps the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  The theft created an international stir, and when the thief was caught two years later as he attempted to sell the painting to an Italian museum, he was
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10 Unusual Murder Weapons


A Brief History On August 20, 1940, communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was murdered in Mexico by agents of Joseph Stalin.  The murder weapon was an ice axe, not something you usually see in Mexico City!  People have been killing other people since Cain slew his own brother Abel, and they have gotten quite creative at it in
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August 20, 1940: Churchill Names “The Few”


A Brief History On August 20, 1940, Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the war-torn United Kingdom, delivered one of his most stirring wartime speeches, one that hailed the efforts of the Royal Air Force, known from then on and forever after as “The Few.” Digging Deeper All of Great Britain, but especially England, was being slammed by the
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6 Most Versatile Aircraft of All Time


A Brief History On August 19, 1940, the B-25 Mitchell  was flown for the first time.  Although its service life did not extend as long as many other airplanes, this medium bomber was adapted for a huge variety of uses and configurations, making it one of the most versatile aircraft ever.  Here 6 (well, okay, actually 7) such
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August 19, 1612 and 1692: Another Bad Day to Be A Witch! (Samlesbury and Salem)


A Brief History On August 19, 1612, three women from Samlesbury in Lancashire, England were put on trial for witchcraft.  Just yesterday Cracked History featured an article about another Lancashire witch trial.  In this article we present to you the Samlesbury witch trials and also discuss a case of 5 witches who were executed on the same date in Salem, Massachusetts but in 1692. Digging
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August 18, 1587: Virginia Dare is Born

Virginia Dare

A Brief History On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare was born in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina.  Each year the current residents of Roanoke Island celebrate her birthday with an Elizabethan Renaissance Festival. Digging Deeper Whereas the date of death is often known for many famous people throughout history, their births were mostly
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10 Major Steps in Women’s Rights


 A Brief History On August 18, 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  This move gave American women the right to vote, also known as women’s suffrage.  Women have always struggled to be treated as equals to men, both under the law and in common practice.  Here we list 10 of the laws,
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10 Women with Wieners

women with wieners

A Brief History On August 17, 2009, ABC news published an article concerning how pop star Lady “Gaga herself remains 100-percent woman, a fact that required reiteration after an up-skirt photo sparked rumors that she’s a hermaphrodite.” Digging Deeper This article, however, concerns famous women who actually did have “wieners,” by which we of course
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August 17, 1943: US 8th Air Force Loses 60 B-17 Bombers on Raid of Schweinfurt-Regensburg


A Brief History On August 17, 1943, the US 8th Air Force, the main American unit of heavy bombers stationed in England, launched 376 B-17 bombers against Schweinfurt and Regensburg in Germany, a raid that came to symbolize the dangers of unescorted bombing. Digging Deeper The ambitious plan was to attack Regensburg with 146 and
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August 16, 1944: Another Weird Nazi Weapon (First Test Flight of Ju-287)


A Brief History On August 16, 1944, the Nazis flew the prototype of the JU-287 for the first time.  Manufactured by the German aircraft company Junkers, it was a 4-engine, jet-powered bomber whose forward-swept wings made it radically different from any other airplane in existence at the time. Digging Deeper With a turbojet engine on each side of its nose, and another
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10 Really Bad Military Leaders (Firearms Era)


A Brief History On August 16, 1812, General William Hull of the US Army surrendered Fort Detroit to an inferior English force.  American forces numbered about 2,100, while the combined English and Native American forces only numbered just over 1,300.  Hull was court-martialed, convicted and sentenced to death.  Luckily President Madison gave him a reprieve.  History
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Top 12 Action Stars Who Are Badasses in Real Life


A Brief History On August 15, 2014, The Expendables 3 released theatrically.  The film stars Ultimate Fighters Randy Couture and Rhonda Rousey, two real-life badasses!  Long-time readers of TopTenz.net are likely already familiar with “Top 10 Most Famous Actors Who Served in the Military,” but in addition to action stars with military experience, several action stars featured
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